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K9 Disciplines

SWPANSAR

Our team was formed in January 2008 when the members came together to provide a regional K9 unit. We added the emotional first aid team to help families deal with the emotional stress and grief processes that are associated with having a loved one go missing. We are a diverse group of individuals with hundreds of hours of experience that include nationally certified  searchers, certified emotional first aid responders, skilled search planners, and K9 units trained in the following five  disciplines:


Area Search
Human Remains Detection (land)

Human Remains Detection (water)

Tracking/Trailing

Disaster Response

Emotional First Aid

K9 Disciplines

Area Search (live find)

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 When a person is missing, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! Our K-9′s drastically reduce the number of human searchers needed by covering large areas in a very short period of time. They are trained to detect and alert on live human scent and can clear areas that are not easily accessible to humans. 

Human Remains Detection (land)

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 Unfortunately, some missions become a matter of search and recovery. Our highly specialized K9′s are trained in all areas of human remains detection (new or aged) and to alert the handler of its location. They prove invaluable to investigators in solving difficult cases. (no case is too old) 

Human Remains Detection (water)

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What most people don't know, is that a trained HRD K9 can detect human remains below the water's surface and they can considerably narrow the search area to help dive teams locate areas of interest. We have proven, certified K9s, who have assisted law enforcement in many drowning recoveries.

Tracking/Trailing

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It is critical for the tracking/trailing k9s to be first on the scene. They are trained to use a scent article of a specific person to assist Law Enforcement in determining the direction of travel. These K9s have the ability to work on multiple surfaces making them adaptable to both urban and wilderness trails.

Disaster Response

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Our team members have assisted with disaster relief and recovery efforts after natural disasters including Hurricanes Ivan, Katrina, and Michael, and tornados that devastated Tuscaloosa, Enterprise, and Lee County, Alabama.

Emotional First Aid

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When there is a crisis, disaster, or trauma, the victim is not the only one who suffers. Family, friends, neighbors, and even emergency responders are affected. Emotional First Aid K9s provide support for victims, families, or loved ones who are suffering from loss or overwhelmed with anxiety following a traumatic event.